Employer health insurance hits new low

November 11, 2011 2:21:57 PM PST
Employer health insurance is hitting a new low, according to a new Gallup poll that found the percentage of Americans who have health insurance through their employer slipped to 44.5 percent in the third quarter.

That's a drop over 5 percentage points in three years.

Pollsters blame the decline on high unemployment, under-employment and an increased number of employers who do not offer health insurance to their workers.

Experts say companies have increasingly scaled back benefits and raised employee charges to cope with healthcare costs that are rising sharply despite anemic economic growth.